Friday, February 29, 2008
I repeated her to make sure I heard correctly. "Toilet Cereal?"
"Yep! Flushed down the toilet cereal! It's so good, I can't stop eating it! Come try some!"
I raced up the stairs where she had taken into the bathroom a box of Eggo Waffle Cereal that happened to have the characters from the movie "Flushed Away" on the box. She thought it would be fun to eat it in the bathroom, fortunately straight from the box, not in fact the toilet! But I was very nearly TOTALLY GROSSED OUT!
Ellie: "Mom, does Darin work?"
Ellie: "Then how come he doesn't have any money?"
Me: "He has money."
15 minutes later:
Ellie: "Mom, how much money does Darin have?"
Me: "I don't know, why?"
Ellie: "Why can't he buy things?"
Me: "He can buy things."
15 minutes later:
Ellie: "Mom, it's sad that Darin doesn't work very much."
Me: "Ellie, Darin does work."
Ellie: "But not enough to have stuff, huh?"
FINALLY I clued in. Last night we had literacy night at the elementary school. I was in charge of the service project where we collected school supplies for a low-income school in Salt Lake. It just so happens, that Haylee teaches at said school, so when the packets were all put together we dropped them off at their apartment. Haylee wasn't home at the time, so Darin helped us carry all of the school packets inside.
When I was organizing and shopping for all of the supplies, I had told Ellie repeatedly that none of it was for us--that it was all for people who didn't have enough money to buy it themselves. When we gave it to Darin, Ellie assumed it was all for him, and has been worried about him ever since.
I explained where everything was actually going, and Ellie seemed very relieved that her uncle was not so poor that he couldn't even buy himself crayons!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
So, when Greg got home at six, with Sarah still feeling under-the-weather, but with nothing left in her system, I headed out with some friends for a night on the town. We went to Rumbi Island Grill for dinner, then watched 27 Dresses. It was a MUCH needed break, and quite likely prevented a break-down!
During the night Sarah developed a fever and was up for almost two hours, which naturally woke up Rachel, and so I was up from about 1:00-4:00 this morning, but I am happy to report that Sarah's fever is way down, Rachel just went down for a nap, and we have gone 12 hours puke free!
So, despite the looming pile of puky laundry that accumulated faster than my washing machine could take it all in, I'd have to say that, thanks to my Girls' Night Out, I am one happy camper today!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
This morning I tweaked my back, and so I took some Motrin, put Rachel down for a nap, climbed in bed, and waited for the drugs to kick in. While I was sitting there, I decided to catch up on everyone else's blogs, and thought blandly that I had little to write about. Just then, Sarah climbed up on my bed to snuggle, and as we sat side by side she said, "I nees towp." Obviously, I couldn't understand her, so I asked her to repeat what she had said. She got to "I" and I realized that actions definitely speak louder than words, and she had said, "I need to throw up." Well, it's amazing how little I suddenly cared about my sore back. I grabbed her, jumped off the bed, and raced for the bathroom. Sadly, in the attempt, I tripped on the sheets and landed splayed on my stomach on the floor. Fortunately, Sarah remained in my arms, and I was able to cushion her fall, but the process of falling made quite a mess considering what she was doing at the time. YUCK! So, right now I am sitting on the toilet, supervising my less than healthy daughter in the tub, and thinking that perhaps having nothing to blog about isn't such a bad thing. But now that she is cleaned up, I think I will go take a shower, too--because despite my quick efforts to clean myself up, I am not feeling "fresh as a daisy" at the moment.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
You may wonder that a two-year-old would be willing to try, and then enjoy such spicy food, but I fear she inherited that trait from me. When I was just tiny my parents went out for Mexican food with my grandparents and my grandpa spoon fed me salsa from the table, and apparently I was a fan even in my youth. So here's to you, Sarah! Enjoy the spicy side of life!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Such was my sheer horror when I had a dream last night that my aunt came over to see my house and it was a total disaster. I couldn't believe how messy it was. I decided to at least open my bedroom door so she could see that my room was spotless, but alas, when I opened the door, not only was it in a state of national disaster, it smelled to high-heaven of morning breath (I am guessing my nose must have been a little too close to Becca's mouth at that point since she had climbed into our bed)
Well, as truly terrifying as that dream was, I have to admit that waking up to find that my house is (for the most part) clean and tidy was quite the relief--even if I am well aware that my children have the potential to turn my nightmare into a reality if I'm not careful!
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
I was amazed. After putting it on the kiddos, I only heard two coughs in three hours. Then, when I came down with the cough, I put it on my own feet, along with a pair of socks, and I immediately stopped coughing. I couldn't believe it. It doesn't seem to work as well during the day, but it provided my kids and myself with a good-night's sleep every time I used it.
I have NO idea why it works, but I thought I would pass the word along for anyone suffering from the same malady.
If nothing else, it provides a lovely foot rub for your kids!
Saturday, February 02, 2008
So I am sitting on the couch at the moment I am watching Groundhog day. I love this movie and could watch it over and over again, and just laughed at the quote "this is one time that television has failed to capture the excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather." But honestly, I do have to question the fact that we have a holiday celebrating a groundhog. Kind of funny.
But, since we do get to celebrate the squirrel, according to 'groundhog.com' :
On Gobbler's Knob on this fabulous Groundhog Day, February 2nd, 2008
Punxsutawney Phil, the Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of all Prognosticators,
after casting a weathered eye toward thousands of his faithful followers,
Phil consulted with President Cooper and directed him to the appropriate scroll, which proclaimed:
"As I look around me, a bright sky I see, and a shadow beside me.
Six more weeks of winter it will be!"
In addition to celebrating six more weeks of winter, we did have one cute incident that was too funny to pass up on the blog. As we drove into the Costco parking lot, Sarah exclaimed with glee, "Costco! I love that place!" Then she looked across the parking lot, saw Applebees and said, "Mmm! Applebee's! I like that place, too!"
Greg's response was, "Sarah, they don't come much cuter than you!"
Then Ellie piped up, "Except for me! I come even cuter!"
Yep, they are all pretty fun to be around.
Friday, February 01, 2008
Well, that was my cue to get up, so I climbed out of bed, showed Sarah the snowplow, and got ready for the morning.
Then, I had to get Becca up a little bit early because today was "Dad's and Donuts" at the elementary school, and Ben kindly agreed to take her. Sarah helped me wake up Becca by telling her that if she hurried, maybe she could see the "snow truck" again! (OK, the snow plow is driving in my cul-de-sac even as I type--I think I had better not write anything negative since I am apparently using a magic keyboard and everything I write occurs instantly)
As I was doing Becca's hair, Rachel woke up, so I sent Sarah in to entertain her while I finished up with Becca. Well, Rachel quieted right down, and I was able to finish Becca's hair, but when I went in to pick the baby up a couple minutes later this is what I found:
Underneath all of the blankets I discovered an entire basket-worth of baby toys. I laughed pretty hard at the amount of work Sarah done to entertain her little sister.
When Ben arrived to pick up Becca I asked him if he would be willing to help me open the garage and also see if he could get the snowblower working. Together, with MUCH effort, we were able to get the garage up, so I won't be stranded today :) but there was a loose bolt on the snowblower that couldn't be easily tightened, so I ended up shoveling the driveway by hand. The last time I tried to use the snowblower I was unsuccessful, and for some reason, knowing that Ben had trouble with the exact same things has made me feel much less incompetent and has brightened my day--even if I do have a blister from shoveling snow!
A quick note: This morning I only shoveled about half of the driveway, and I just put Rachel down for a nap and went outside to shovel the other half, and someone had already done it :) I have such great neighbors!!